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Gillingham

Formed 1893

Founder member of Division Three 1920. Failed re-election 1938.

Elected to Division Three (South) 1950

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New Brompton

 

 

1893

1893-1897 a

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1901-1902 s

1902-1903 a

1903-1905 a

1905-1910 a s

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1912-1913 a s

 

 

 

Gillingham

 

 

1913

1913-1914 a

1919-1925 a

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1930-1931 a

1932-1937 a

1937-1939 a

1945-1948 a

gillingham fc 1948-49

1948-1949 a s

1950-1951 a

1951-1952 a

1952-1954 a s

1954-1959 a

1959-1960 a

1960-1961 a

1961-1962 a

1962-1963 a

1963-1964 a

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1963-1964 alt a

1964-1965 a

gillingham fc 1965-66

1965-1966 j

1966-1967 a

1968-1969 a

1969-1970 a

1970-1971 a

1971-1972 b

1972-1974 a i m

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1974-1975 a

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1975-1976 c p

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1976-1977 a

Bukta

1977-1978 a

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1978-1979 g

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1979-1980 a

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1980-1981 g

Osca

1981-1983 a

Umbro
gillingham fc 1983-84

1983-Jan 1984 j

Umbro
gillingham fc 1983-84

Feb-May 1984 j r

Uhlsport

1984-1985 a

New Olympic

1985-1987 a j

New Olympic

1987-1988 a

Scoreline

1989-1990 h

Ribero

1990-1991 a

Ribero

1991-1992 a f j l

Spall

1992-1993 k

Spall

1993-1994 k

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1994-1995 j

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gillingham fc august 1995

August 1995 j

Olympic

Sept 1995-1996 a j l

Gills Leisure

1996-1997 j l

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1997-1998 a l

Gills Leisure

1998-1999 d

Gills Leisure

1999-2000 d

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2000-2001 e

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2001-2002 e o

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Own brand

2002-2003 e o

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2003-2004 e

Own brand

2004-2005 b l

Uhlsport

2005-2006 b

Uhlsport

2006-2007 b

Vandanel

2007-2008 b n

Vandanel
gillingham fc 2009-10

2009-2010 b

Vandanel
gillingham fc 2010-11 home kit

2010-2011 b

Vandanel
gillingham fc home kit 2011-12

2011-2012 b

Vandanel
gillingham fc 2012-13 home kit

2012-2013 b

Vandanel
gillingham fc 2013-14 home kit

2013-2014 b

GFC (Own Brand)
gillingham 2014-15 home kit

2014-2016 b

GFC (Own Brand)
gillingham 2016-17 1st kit

2016-2017 b

 

Background

In the late nineteenth century the professional clubs in the north of England had raised standards to such a degree that the older, amateur clubs from the south that had dominated in the 1870s and 1880s were in eclipse. Inspired by the success of a local Chatham side called Excelsior FC, a group of enthusiasts decided to establish a professional team in the Medway towns and New Brompton FC came into existence. After acquiring a plot of land on which to build their stadium (Priestfield), New Brompton joined the Southern League and won the Second Division title at the first attempt.

In 1912-13 the club dropped their black and white kit in favour of red and blue shirts emblazoned with the town coat of arms and the following season changed their name to Gillingham FC. The gillingham FC crest 1913striped shirts returned after World War One but success in the Southern League continued to elude the team and in 1920 they finished bottom. They were saved from relegation, however, because the Football League decided to incorporate all the Southern League First Division teams into the new Third Division. In their first season, Gillingham finished bottom and had to apply for re-election. Fans had very little to celebrate over the next few years as the club regularly finished in or near the re-election zone. A change of colours from black and white to plain blue shirts did nothing to improve things gillingham FC crest 1953and in 1938, the club faced re-election for the fifth time in seventeen years. On this occasion they lost their place to Ipswich Town.

The club re-joined the Southern League and in 1949, they lifted the title. In June 1950 it was decided to extend the two regional Third Divisions of the Football League. Gillingham and Colchester United were elected to the vacant positions and after a 12-year exile, the Gills were back in the league. The euphoria of the moment was replaced by gloom and for the next ten years they finished dangerously near the re-election zone on six occasions. gillingham fc crest 1966

A crest was introduced in 1953 consisting of a horse rampant, a motif taken from the Kent coat of arms.

In 1964, the club had their first success when they won the Division Four title and for the following two seasons, came close to promotion gilingham fc crest 1970to the Second Division. By this stage crests had become unfashionable and the team took to wearing a simple "GFC" monogramme on their shirts in 1966, simplifying this even further in the 1970s.

Performances then slumped and 1971 brought relegation, to be followed by a return to gillingham FC crest 1976Division Three in 1974. 1976 did see the welcome return of the Kent horse to the team shirts. This appeared with various embellishments over the next nineteen seasons.

In the Eighties the Gills established themselves as one of the stronger sides in the division, gillingham FC crest 1981reaching the play-offs in 1987 only to slip back down to Division Four in 1989.

In their centenary season of 1993-94 the club incorporated the old black and white of pre-war days into their blue shirts. They also introduced a brand new gillingham FC crest 1985crest that incorporated both old and new colours. The motto below the badge read domus clamantium, which translates from the Latin as "the home of the shouting men," a traditional epithet associated with the town of Gillingham. The horse's mane was formed from the word "Gills."

gilingham fc crest 1991In 1996 Gillingham won automatic promotion to (Nationwide) Division Two (previously the Third Division) and then in 2000 they reached the dizzy heights of Nationwide Division One (the second tier).

In 2003 the club announced that for the coming season they would gilingham fc crest 1995wear predominantly white shirts. This met with such an outcry that it was replaced by the black and blue hooped tops originally intended as a third strip.

From 2007 the Latin motto was dropped from the club crest.

gillingham fc crest 2007Gillingham slipped down the leagues and in 2008 they were relegated to League Two, the lowest tier of the Football League but bounced back after winning the League two play-off final in 2009. The popular blue and black striped kit was reinstated the following season but was then dropped.

gillingham fc 2012-13 crestTo mark 100 years as Gillingham FC, the club introduced a special commemorative kit for the 2012-13 season. A replica of the red and blue shirts worn in 1913-14 were introduced to a mixed reception. The modern crest was placed on the right sleeve (but was not always present on match shirts) while a copy of the original Gillingham coat of arms was embroidered onto the shirt and shorts. The team won the League Two title in their red/blue shirts but supporters voted for a return to plain blue for the following season.

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Sources

  • (a) Gillingham FC (Images of Sport - Roger Triggs)
  • (b) Gillingham FC Official Website
  • (c) Alick Milne
  • (d) empics
  • (e) Rivals Website
  • (f) Scarborough FC - Images of Sport (Paul Eade 2002)
  • (g) Ralph Pomeroy
  • (h) Pete's Picture Palace
  • (i) John Attwood
  • (j) Chris Matterface
  • (k) The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club (Roger Triggs) provided by Chris Matterface
  • (l) David King
  • (m) Football League Review provided by Simon Monks
  • (n) Football Shirt Culture
  • (o) Lee Capeling
  • (p) Keith Ellis
  • (q) Steven Thomas
  • (r) Andy Potts
  • (s) Richard Ralph

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